Thursday, October 17th, 2019 | 10:30pm at The Ballroom Blitz

Khonnar is Tunisian electronic musician Deena Abdelwahed’s first album. Pronounced “ronnar”, it’s a term that makes the most of Tunisia’s cultural and linguistic spectrum, evoking the dark, shameful and disturbing side of things⁠—the one we usually seek to hide, but which the artist instead sticks our noses in. The album is a self-construction made of frustrations and constraints, borne of retrograde mindsets that are neither the prerogatives of the East nor the West, and which Abdelwahed tirelessly strives to expose and break. Throughout Khonnar’s 45-minute length, the artist breaks down the codes of bass, techno, and experimental music, and writes the manifesto of a generation taking back control of its identity—with all its attendant losses and chaos.

Deena Abdelwahed is a Tunisian producer and DJ. She moved to France at the age of 26, after earning her stripes as part of the Arabstazy collective in Tunis. Her hybridized DJ sets, on the outer reaches of subcultures, propelled the young artist into the clubbing universe’s most demanding spheres: Boiler Room, Concrete (Paris), Room for Resistance, and Säule/ Berghain (Berlin). Her first EP, Klabb, was released in early 2017 on InFiné; that same year, she collaborated on the tracks “Plunge” and “An Itch” from Fever Ray’s second album. Her first LP, Khonnar, was released in 2018 and met with critical acclaim. 

This event is part of Home Works 8: A Forum on Cultural Practices.

Cover art by Nidhal Chamekh.